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Employment Law Advice You Should Never Follow

This is terrible advice on so many levels. First, an employee who doesn’t have even the relatively minimal income provided by unemployment is going to be that much more likely to sue you — as a matter of financial survival,...more

Threat, assault on supervisor were just cause for dismissal at isolated mine in NWT with “zero tolerance” violence policy

An employee at an isolated camp in the Northwest Territories who assaulted and threatened his supervisor was dismissed for just cause, an adjudicator has decided. The employee was an equipment operator at a mine site....more

Employment Litigation Up 400%! Are You Sure Your Code of Ethics Training is Effective?

According to the US Department of Labor employment litigation has increased by over 400% in the last two decades. Federal and state discrimination laws have expanded, giving employees more opportunities to challenge...more

Zero-Tolerance “Safety Absolute” Upheld: One Tie-Off Violation Gets Employee Fired For Cause

Zero-tolerance safety rules, often called “Life Saving Rules”, “Cardinal Safety Rules” or ”Safety Absolutes”, are becoming more common in industry. An arbitrator has now upheld the firing of a unionized employee for one...more

Dear Colleague Letter Urges Districts to Abandon “Zero Tolerance” in Student Discipline Policies

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice recently released a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) providing guidance on administering...more

Dear Colleague Letter Firmly Urges Districts to Abandon “Zero Tolerance” in Student Discipline Policies

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice recently released a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) providing guidance on administering...more

To arbitrate arbitrability or not to arbitrate arbitrability? That is the question!

Whether the parties to a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) agreed to arbitrate arbitrability (i.e. whether an issue is subject to arbitration at all) was the key issue ConocoPhillips, Inc. v. Local 13-0555 United...more

SEC: Zero Tolerance for Short Selling Violations

On September 17, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced enforcement actions against 23 firms for violations of Rule 105 of Regulation M. Rule 105 prohibits the purchase of securities in a follow-on...more

FAR Provision on Human Trafficking Proposed

On September 26, 2013, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register seeking to amend the Federal...more

SEC "Zero Tolerance" Nets Nearly Two Dozen Firms for Alleged Violations of Short Sale Rule

Hedge fund and other private investment fund managers, both domestic and foreign, those registered or not, beware. SEC Chairman Mary Jo White's crackdown on securities violations continued last Tuesday with the announcement...more

Healthcare Employers Beware: OSHA Campaign Is Targeting You

On July 16, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it is launching a campaign that aims to protect healthcare workers from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)....more

Is Your Compliance Program Real?

The GSK attitude towards corruption in all its forms is simple: it is one of zero tolerance, whether committed by GSK employees, officers, complementary workforce or third parties acting for or on behalf of the company. ...more

Zero Tolerance Gone Too Far: When Does A Facebook Comment Cross The Line Into A Threat?

Sometimes, when you read the basics of a story, it sounds so incredulous, you think “surely, there has to be more to it.” ...more

Tennessee Passes Guns in Trunks Law

On March 14, 2013, Tennessee Governor Haslam signed the so-called “Guns in Trunks” law, which will go into effect July 1, 2013. The new law, which will be codified as T.C.A § 39-17-1313, states that handgun-carry permit...more

Tennessee Law Signed by Governor Haslam Allows Handgun Permit Holders to Carry Guns in their Cars

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill on March 14, 2013, that allows handgun carry permit holders to transport and store firearms and ammunition anywhere in their vehicles, with certain restrictions. The new law is...more

Workplace Safety, Security and Employee Gun Rights - Best Practices To Mitigate Workplace Violence Risk

In the wake of the mass shootings that continue around the country, the President, some members of Congress, state and local officials and many advocacy groups are pursuing an aggressive agenda to increase safety measures and...more

New Gun Law Passes in Tennessee

On Thursday, March 14, 2013, Governor Bill Haslam signed a new gun law for our state, which will go into effect on July 1....more

Breakfast Pastry Turned Gun

Traditional notions of innocent playground antics have been irreparably altered as a result of recent tragic events, such as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Games of “cops and robbers” may become schoolyard...more

Marijuana in the Workplace  [Video]

oin Attorney Tracey Diamond as she discusses how legalizing marijuana for medical use for individuals suffering from cancer, acquired immune deficiency syndrome and other debilitating life-threatening illnesses. Ms. Diamond...more

Don't Fear The Reefer: Legalization of Marijuana To Have Little Effect on WA Employers

On November 6, 2012, Washington became a national trailblazer when voters approved a state initiative legalizing the recreational use of marijuana (Colorado passed a similar law the same day). As of December 6, 2012, it will...more

Marijuana Laws Liberalized in Colorado, Washington – But Effect on Workplace Policies Likely Small

The 2012 elections placed a number of marijuana initiatives before state voters around the United States, ranging from efforts to legalize the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes to further expansion of the...more

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